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Machinist Chest

by Jordan Ficklin

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Machinist ChestI recently saw pictures of a home setup for a watch enthusiast and it made me somewhat jealous as I have been wanting to set up a shop at home for some time. He stored his tools in a machinist chest and it made me think about mine. As most of my tools are in my bench at work my chest holds mainly the tools i don’t need at work (because they are supplied for me) and some projects and stuff but a nice tool chest is great. Even if I only used it to store my tools while I moved across the country it was worth it.

Machinist ChestMy chest is a Gerstner International. It’s not as nice as the American made counterpart but I definitely feel my chest was worth the $200 that was paid for it (I received it as a graduation gift.) In fact, I don’t know that you could find a better chest for the price. The drawers are perfectly laid out for storing a variety of small tools. The drawers are all felt lined to keep the tools from sliding around (or getting damaged). I have seen similar chests on Amazon.com but I can’t attest to their quality. My Gerstner International came from e-Bay which is also a good source for vintage machinist chests.

If you are looking for a place to store small and valuable tools, or watches, or knives or anything of the sort a nice machinist chest would do the trick.

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One Comment

  1. Posted August 16, 2008 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    Yes, They are very nice chests even if one were to restore as a antique.When I began my jurney preserving the history of the american in the work place I found that certain hardware was no longer available so being a machinist myself I began manufacturing replacement hardware and such. Well that was three years ago. Were entering our seconed year with a web site .Please visit us at http://WWW.MACHINISTCHEST.COM For restored chests and replacement hardware such as sewn Leather Handles, Knobs & Knob Backplates , Framed Mirrors , Panel Pulls, New Stiff Felt in various colors , Lid pins , Split Rivets and Screws Just to name a few.I also can be reached at JOHN@MACHINISTCHEST.COM

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